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1 trip highlights Raising vital funds for your charity The splendor of Cusco with its churches, cathedrals, plazas, markets and cultural heritage Walking in the beautiful Sacred Valley to view ancient Inca salt pans Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu with dramatic mountain views Guided visits to Machu Picchu on two occasions 3 hearty meals a day on trek prepared by our cooks Tourist train to/from Machu Picchu Trip Duration 10 days Trip Code: CIT Grade Introductory to Moderate Activities Trekking, Charity Challenge Summary 10 day trip, 4 day trek, 2 days acclimatisation walks, 3 nights camping, 6 nights hotel our philosophy Huma Charity Challenge works in association with worldwide adventure travel company World Expeditions. Drawing on over three decades of experience in offering high quality adventure travel experiences we began operating charity challenges when the concept of fundraising through travel was first conceived in the 1990 s. Since then we have successfully organised over 500 adventures for charities and foundations around the globe ranging from International Agencies to National Charities and many smaller local charitable causes, enabling the collection of over 2 million in funds raised globally. We are proud to provide ongoing support to charities and foundations across the globe and to connect altruistic travellers with a shared experience in nature. The word Huma refers to a Persian mythological Bird of Paradise, which is considered to be a compassionate bird. It is believed that the touch of the Huma brings great fortune. taking the challenge Thank you for your interest in our PERU Trek Inca Trail Open Challenge. We are passionate about helping you raise much needed funds for your favourite charity or foundation. What better way is there to fundraise than through the charity challenge model... where you get to challenge yourself on a trek, cycle or other physical pursuit in an awe inspiring destination? We d like to congratulate you for taking on the challenge of fundraising and pushing yourself to reach personal goals, all the time reflecting on the challenges faced by the beneficiaries of your chosen charity or foundation. Most likely you have chosen the partner that resonates with you and now you have found our selection of Open Challenges. Not an easy choice really because they are all very tempting! But no matter which you choose from our range you can rest assured that the itinerary has been well crafted to give you the best possible chance to reach your goals as well as the very best travel experience. They re designed with incredible local knowledge with a vision of authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible tourism approach. And best of all you will meet fellow fundraisers from all around the world World Expeditions Travel Group - Fiona Windon 9/7/2017 4:37:41 PM

2 charity challenge payments Joining Cusco Travel Cost Twin Share: $1990 Non Refundable Registration Fee: $90 Minimum Charity Donation/Fundraised: $400 Optional Single Supplement: $480 All prices are per person Huma Challenge does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above. If you need any help with booking flights please contact your nearest Huma Charity Challenge office May - 27 May 05 Oct - 14 Oct trip dates important notes RF - Registration Fee what are the steps to an Open Challenge? Step 1: Choose your charity determine which registered charity you d like to fund raise for. Step 2: Choose your challenge choose from our range of iconic Open Challenges. The Open Challenges are all operated by our parent company, World Expeditions, and have been tailor made just for fundraisers. Complete the registration form and pay the registration fee. You can register online 24 hours around the clock or you can download the registration form online and post, or fax the completed form to us. Step 3: Charity authorisation once we have received your registration form we will contact your chosen charity to seek authorisation for you to fundraise on their behalf. Following this the charity will contact you with your permission to fundraise, the minimum fundraising target and most likely directions for you to create an online fundraising page. Your registration will not progress further until the charity officially gives their authorization. Step 4: Receive your Confirmation Kit once you are booked on an Open Challenge we ll send you a Confirmation Kit containing: Welcome Letter Fundraiser s Guidebook Responsible Travel Guidebook Trip Pre Departure Information Medical Form (if applicable) Travel Insurance document Travel Invoice Step 5: Start Fundraising now here comes some of the challenge as you set about fundraising for your charity. The Fundraiser s Guidebook we provide you with will assist you greatly in settling fundraising objectives and determining your fundraising activities. Your charity may have aligned with one of the many online fundraising portals in which case you can set up your personal fundraising page and link to your charity. It s then a matter of getting your friends, family, colleagues and greater network to support you by pledging donations. Step 6: Start Training depending on the type of challenge you have chosen, it may be graded introductory through to challenging, you will need to set yourself a fitness program to ensure you re physically ready for the challenge component of your travel. Take a look at our website where we provide definitions for all levels of grading as well as provide some tips for getting fit and some suggestions on the gear you ll require. Step 7: Take the Challenge once the fundraising is done it is time to set off on your Open Challenge... good luck and enjoy the experience with the knowledge that you have made a much needed contribution to your chosen charity World Expeditions Travel Group - Fiona Windon 9/7/2017 4:37:41 PM

3 fast facts Countries Visited: Peru Visas: No Vaccinations: Please consult a travel vaccination specialist for up to date information Group Size Min: 6 Group Size Max: 20 Singles: A single supplement is available for this trip* Leader: Expert local leader Brochure Reference: The Americas *Ask our staff for more information. fundraising impact? As a participant in the Open Challenge, you will be part of a larger team working to make a huge difference for an array of different charities. You can choose! Health Cancer research The environment Animal welfare Education Social justice Poverty reduction The arts The choice is yours! your adventure This classic trek along the historic Inca Trail is considered by many to be one of the great short treks of the world, and is a great introduction to trekking in the Andes. Importantly we spend ample time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley whilst acclimatising to the altitude before heading onto the trail. During the walk we experience a complete range of environs all in the space of four days. We ascend the jungle trails and cloud forest to appreciate the panorama of Andean peaks that would have inspired the Inca people as we make our way to Machu Picchu. Words cannot describe the exhilaration of first sighting these enigmatic ruins. Rather than heading back to Cusco we spend a night in Aguas Calientes, and this vitally gives us the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu at its best, in the early morning. Before and after the trek we have time to explore the Cusco we know so well, delving into a selection of Spanish taverns, cathedrals and colourful Quechua Indian markets. fundraising options There are a number of ways you can approach your fundraising: 1. You can choose to pay for the travel costs yourself and just fundraise the charity donation. 2. You may choose to pay for the entire amount yourself and claim the charity donation component as a personal tax deductible donation to your charity. 3. Lastly you can attempt to fundraise as much as you can in the given time and personally fund the balance of the total World Expeditions Travel Group - Fiona Windon 9/7/2017 4:37:41 PM

4 responsible travel The environments we travel through are fragile. It s our responsibility as visitors to minimise the impact of our presence. We follow the same Responsible Travel philosophy as our parent company, World Expeditions. World Expeditions received a Highly Commended Award for the Best in a Mountain Environment category in the 2006 First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards. World Expeditions is a global adventure travel company with over 30 years experience around the planet. Their Nepal trekking operation, run by Nepalis, is notable for its pioneering Porter Protection program that has set the industry benchmark, which many companies are starting to follow. All porters are provided with generous insurance, all the protective clothing and footwear needed, all camping and cooking facilities, as well as food First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards, In 2008 we were awarded the inaugural Leadership Award in the Responsible Travel and Tourism Forum (RTTF) in Toronto, Canada and in 2000 we were the proud recipients of the inaugural Australian National Travel Industry s Environmental Achievement award for our Responsible Travel Guidebook. You will receive a copy of this detailed guide to responsible and sustainable travel upon registering on your Open Challenge. trip grading Introductory to Moderate Introductory adventures are designed with the first time trekker in mind. They are challenging enough to make it a real adventure holiday, however the daily physical exercise is around six to eight hours and altitudes generally less than 4100m. Introductory adventures are not necessarily easy. There will be some long steep ascents and some rough ground to cover. Remember trekking rarely involves flat terrain. When fundraising for the charity donation of this challenge you must seek permission of your charity before beginning to fundraise in their name. Huma Charity Challenge can assist you with this by advising contact person. online fundraising portal Upon registration you will also receive a Huma Charity Challenge comprehensive confirmation kit that includes a Fundraiser s Guidebook; a great resource for fundraising ideas and support. Your charity will help you set up fundraising page where sponsors can donate. You can do it! itinerary at a glance DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7 DAY 8 DAY 9 DAY 10 ARRIVE IN CUSCO CUSCO CITY TOUR DRIVE AND WALK DOWN INTO THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS. SECOND DAY IN THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS INCA TRAIL TREK COMMENCES TREK TOWARDS FIRST PASS TREK OVER SECOND AND THIRD PASS TO PHUYUPATAMARCA FINAL DAY OF TREK TO MACHU PICCHU EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU AND RETURN TO CUSCO TRIP CONCLUDES CUSCO additional deposits required This trip requires the prepayment of an Inca Trail Permit (which includes entrance into Machu Picchu) and service fee of US$145 in total (paid in your local currency at the current rate of exchange) which is non refundable. This payment is required at the time of booking together with our normal per person deposit. The cost of your trip includes the Inca Trail Permit and service fee and this prepayment should not be viewed as an additional cost. We recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of booking. It is essential that if you obtain a new passport at a later date that you MUST bring both the OLD & NEW passports, or you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail as your permit will be linked to your old passport number. You must also inform World Expeditions that you will be travelling with a new passport and provide the new passport details when received. All travellers must present their original passport or copy of passport page at the entrance of the following archaeological sites in the Cusco region Sacsaywaman; Quenqo; Puca Pucara; Tambomachay; Pisaq; Maras Moray and Ollantaytambo. Peruvian authorities have implemented entry restrictions to protect Machu Picchu from the impact of its immense popularity. As of 1st July 2017 there are three time slots in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a maximum of four hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Additionally, all visitors much be accompanied by a guide at all times. These changes have been made to improve the visitor experience and in an effort to deal with overcrowding. World Expeditions endeavours to ensure you get the most of your Machu Picchu experience regardless of these restrictions. what s included Farewell Celebration Dinner in Cusco 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners expert bilingual local guide full trek staff including cook, assistant guide and porters to carry personal gear group medical kit World Expeditions Travel Group - Fiona Windon 9/7/2017 4:37:41 PM

5 Two to three months prior to departure you should spend thirty minutes to one hour exercising, three or four times per week eg. Hard walking, jogging or cycling. To prepare for a walking holiday we recommend you take every opportunity to walk up and down stairs and/or hills, for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. Please remember the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your holiday. adventure travel By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected. In remote and developing countries do not expect standards you are used to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable and itineraries may be altered. To get the most out of your adventure it is important that you are suitably fit, flexible, positive and eager to take on all the challenges that arise. If you are uncertain about your suitability for this trip we recommend that you speak with one of our team. important note These trip notes represent the most current information for this itinerary, and may supersede any other supplied information, including but not limited to the itinerary and price. The itinerary should be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. comfortable and central hotels in Cusco and Ollantaytambo on twin share basis private internal transportation gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket and sleeping mat group camping equipment including sleeping tent on twin share basis, mess tent and toilet tent sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including Machu Picchu entrance fee) DAY 1 Arrive in Cusco On arrival in Cusco you will clear customs and then make your way to the group hotel. As we have fundraisers arriving from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost. The rest of the day is a t leisure to rest after the flight and also to initiate successful acclimatisation. In the evening you ll have a trip briefing to discuss aspects of the itinerary and in particular the trek followed by a group dinner. meals: D DAY 2 Cusco city tour Every alleyway we enter or corner we turn brings another surprise or enigma in the form of the superbly constructed Inca walls or the more architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro s men took the city with such apparent ease in November We also take a short drive to visit the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman, spectacularly set above the city. In the afternoon you may have time to explore some of the central parts of the city and a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open air stalls and shop. meals: B DAY 3 Drive and walk down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We leave Cusco and head to the Chinchero Plateau from where we get impressive views of three mountain ranges. We then down through the remarkable Inca Salt Pans below Maras. We end up in the Sacred Valley near a good restaurant where we can savour dishes made with locally grown produce. After a leisurely lunch we head for our hotel in the valley. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy beauty of this famous valley. meals: B DAY 4 Second day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Another day in this beautiful place. The valley actually follows the course of the famous Urubamba River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. Today s acclimatisation walk will be in the Patacancha Valley. The evening is spent preparing for the trek at our hotel. meals: B DAY 5 Inca Trail trek commences An early morning departure for the drive to Chilca or Piscacucho where we start our first day of trekking. At this point we meet some our cooks, porters and camp staff before setting off on this famous Royal Highway of the Incas, built more than 500 years ago. The first day involves approximately five to six hours of walking. During the first few hours of walking we follow the course of the famous Urubamba River before stopping to admire the archaeological site of Patallacta 2750m (9,020ft) an ancient Inca city built on a series of terraces below the trail. From here we continue to follow the narrow valley of the Cusichaca River to camp at one of two sites near the village of Huayllabamba this means we actually avoid the very crowded camp sites within the village used by most of the trekkers on the trail. Camp. meals: B,L,D World Expeditions Travel Group - Fiona Windon 9/7/2017 4:37:41 PM

6 DAY 6 Trek towards first pass Next morning we continue up this narrow valley on the left bank of the river - whose source is one of the great glaciers of Mt Salcantay. We then start a relatively steep climb up this classic trail towards the first pass Warmihuañusca 4,200m (13,700ft). After a rest at the pass and time to take in the spectacular views we descend steeply into the Pacamayo Valley where we spend our second night on the trail. Camp. meals: B,L,D DAY 7 Trek over second and third pass to Phuyupatamarca After breakfast in our campsite in the verdant Pacamayo Valley we start ascending towards the small but impressively set ruins at Runkuraqay and on to Cochapata set just below the second pass at 3,900m (12,800ft). From here we walk the short distance to the pass and then descend past a mysterious small green lake to the large ruins of Sayacmarca and on to the last pass at 3,800m (12,450ft) which is more like a low ridge-line than a true pass. From here we get a great view down into the forested gorge of the Urubamba River set more than 1700 metres below us. A short hike from here takes us to our stunning final campsite set above the site of Phuyupatamarca 3,600m (11,900ft), so aptly named the City in the Clouds. This wonderful campsite perhaps the most beautiful on the entire trail is used by very few groups since the vast majority continue for another 90 minutes to camp at the often extremely crowded site at Wiñay Wayna. Below us are laid out the great forest covered peaks and deep dark valleys - the setting of our goal, Machu Picchu. meals: B,L,D DAY 8 Final day of trek to Machu Picchu After breakfast we walk and finally reach Inti Punku (The Gateway to the Sun) awe-inspiringly set above the lost city of Machu Picchu 2,400m (7,900ft). Your first view of the ruins really does take your breath away! We will enjoy a tour of the sanctuary which lasts 2 hours in the company of a guide to help explore this fascinating site as a group. We will have a short journey to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will check into your hotel for a well deserved shower followed by dinner. *Important: It is very important to be aware that, because of all the new rules on the Inca Trail, there may be changes in the actual trek itinerary and the campsites we use. meals: B,L DAY 9 Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco Today we start early to give another 2 hours in the company of the guide to explore this fascinating site as a group. *Important: It is very important to be aware that, because of all the new rules on the Inca Trail, there may be changes in the actual trek itinerary and the campsites we use. Mid-afternoon we depart for the extremely pretty train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our private vehicle for the drive back to our hotel in Cusco. Tonight we have a celebration dinner complete with live traditional music and dancing in spectacular costumes & masks! meals: B,D DAY 10 Trip concludes Cusco The time has come to say farewell. After breakfast your challenge concludes. As we have fundraisers departing from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost. meals: B World Expeditions Travel Group - Automated Import 11/30/ :07:49 AM

7 This itinerary is subject to change with any modifications in Community regulations as well as Governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control. country information Peru has a population of 28 million, made up of pure blooded Indians (biggest group are the Quechuas, whose forebears were the Incas ) and Mestizos, who are a mixture of Indian and European backgrounds. More than half the population lives in the largest cities, namely Lima, Arequipa and Trujillo. Peru has an area of 1,300,000 square kms, and is located on the Pacific coast of South America. Its capital, Lima, located 12 degrees south of the equator, was the capital of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the early 19th Century. The old central part of the city with its impressive commercial section, whose architecture was greatly influenced by the English, contrasts sharply with the more modern office blocks, shopping centres and suburbs and especially the ever expanding shanty towns or pueblos jovenes where the poorer country cousins, who move to the city to try and find work and live. Official languages are Spanish and Quechua. Geographically, Peru is made up of the three distinct regions. Firstly the arid coastal strip, mainly desert and up to 60 kms wide. Down the centre of the country runs the great range of snow peaks and highlands that make up part of the immensely long chain of mountains known as the Andes, running from Colombia in the north all the way to the southern tip of Chile. The third region is the jungle from the eyebrow of the jungle in the Andean foothills to the pristine jungles of the great Amazon rain forest. The coastal area is the economic heartland of Peru, and the coastal waters with the cold Humboldt Current running north up the coast contain some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The highlands or sierra contain more than a third of the population mostly the Quechua or Aymara speaking Indians engaged mainly in pastoral farming. This is a high, very often lush and fertile land of gentle slopes and valleys surrounded by the high peaks of the Cordilleras Vilcabamba, Vilcanota and Blanca. Cusco, once the capital of the great Inca Empire, stands at 3400 metres (11,200 ) in the heart of the southern sierra. It is remarkable for the perfect stonework of its Inca ruins, its many beautiful colonial churches and palaces, and of course the world renowned ruins of the lost city of the Incas at Machu Picchu. climate The trekking season in Peru lasts from the end of April (the last month of the wet season) through to mid October (by which time the rains have returned and hiking becomes more difficult due to muddy trails and snowed in passes). Temperatures in the area around Lima are warm during the day (20 25C) and cool (5C) at night. In the highlands of Peru, where the treks take place, daytime temperatures will be in the range of 10 20C falling as low as 10C at night. Also it is possible that we ll get some snow on the higher ground and some of the higher passes. mountain flights The flight from Lima is a spectacular 55 minute trip which takes you across the Andes to Cusco set at 11,200 (3,400m). If possible try and get a seat on the left side of the aircraft as some of the best views of the Andes can be seen during the last 20 minutes of the flight. a typical day Accommodation: World Expeditions Travel Group - Automated Import 11/30/ :07:49 AM

8 During the trip you will be accommodated in generally 3 star hotels/hostals (primarily Casa Andina Classic hotels) which have been chosen for their local flavour, central location and cleanliness. There will also be one night on the Island of the Sun in a home stay which is rustic. You will not need sleeping bags as you are provided with simple sheets and heavy blankets. We recommend that you take a sleeping sheet if you would prefer your own linen during this stay. Leaders: Your main guide will meet you in Cusco and be with you for the remainder of the trip. Touring Routine: Depending on the itinerary for the day, you will either be travelling or sightseeing. Local experts generally fill the mornings with tours to the local sites. After lunch, further sightseeing will take place or there will be leisure time for you to read, relax at the hotel or explore. Trekking Routine: Our trekking day starts around 6.30am with a wake up call and fresh cup of tea brought to your tent. Hot water is available for a light morning wash. Breakfast is served in the dining tent and consists of hot porridge and toast and jam, served with coffee, hot milk and tea. On some days we serve bacon and eggs or pancakes. Before breakfast it s often a good idea for you to pack up your duffle bags, prepare your day packs and take down your tents so that the mule or llama skinners can organise the loading for departure. The mornings hike usually lasts from about 8:00am to 12.30pm allowing plenty of rest and photo stops. Lunch is of the picnic type and is prepared by one of the cooks who accompany us during the morning. It consists of salads (vegetables and/or noodles), sometimes soups, salamis, cheese, peanut butter, bread, crackers, tinned meats and fish, topped off by freshly brewed tea and biscuits. After lunch we set off for the afternoon s hike usually 2 to 3 hours to the camp. On arrival in camp (which will have already been set up in advance) tea and coffee will be served and you are then free to do as you like until dinnertime. Served at 6:30 7:00pm, dinner consists of three courses soup or fresh salad, a main course of stews, spaghetti or rice dishes (all prepared with fresh meat and vegetables) served with red or white cask wines (on last night of trek) and followed by dessert, tea, coffee and Milo. Nor will you go hungry during the walking day. Apart from lunch you will also get a snack pack made up of chocolates, nuts and fresh fruit. Most of the walking is on fairly well defined tracks, including some remarkable sections of ancient Inca stone highways. There are occasional river crossings but no really steep sections where scrambling is involved. Most groups like to spread out over the trail, stopping for photographs, resting, and bird watching or just ambling and taking time out to absorb the lovely surroundings. The only thing we ask you to remember is not to get too far ahead of, or behind the main party, and to keep your guide within view. One of the guides or camp staff almost always walks with the slowest member of the group so there s no chance of being left behind. In fact almost everyone finds and manages to keep to their own pace. Obviously in the event of very bad weather or adverse conditions, the guide will keep the group as close together as possible. The evenings are often one of the most enjoyable parts of the day. After a relaxing dinner, people like to sit in the dining tent talking, playing cards or scrabble, reading, chatting or just relaxing (a good idea to bring games, cards and books along).mules (and Porters on the Inca Trail) are used to transport your baggage but you will need a day pack to carry the things you ll want during the walking day water bottle, camera etc World Expeditions Travel Group - Automated Import 11/30/ :07:49 AM

9 meals during the trek We provide a full service while on trek. An important aspect of this service are the meals that are prepared for you and we are frequently complimented by returning travellers about the food provided. Ensuring that you stay healthy is one of our highest priorities. Therefore, each of our treks is accompanied by a trained cook as well as kitchen staff who provide you with three hearty meals each day. High levels of hygiene are engaged to ensure that our travellers stay healthy and fit. Our cooking staff has mastered the preparation of a varied and balanced menu and there is always plenty of food for those who may like seconds. Our cooks are trained to provide excellent food for vegetarians and anyone who has a limited diet including those who are lactose or gluten intolerant. Our meal inclusion on your trek is for your benefit and takes all the hassle, expense and worry out of your holiday. Typically, you can expect breakfast to consist of muesli or cereal, eggs, local breads and pancakes and hot drinks. Lunch will generally be vegetables, salads, bread, cheese pasta style dishes, tinned fish and meats and are normally eaten picnic style. Dinner is always three courses and includes soup, seasonal vegetables, meat, rice or pasta and bread with some local specialties also in the mix. Dessert is always served after the main meal each evening followed by hot beverages. dietary requirements Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances). Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater to such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure. Please note that options are likely to be limited in very remote locations or alternatives may be more expensive or unavailable. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut free or allergen free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self administering these medications. accommodation on the trip In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in 3 to 4 star properties that are centrally located, atmospheric and reliable. Enjoy our fully supported camping in quality two person tents erected in scenic wilderness. what you carry In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip eze etc. Porters and mules carry all group gear and your trek pack. equipment required Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre departure information provided on booking) World Expeditions Travel Group - Automated Import 11/30/ :07:49 AM

10 luggage Any excess luggage that is not necessary while on trek can be left at the hotel in Cusco and collected on your return. Please ensure you re your luggage can be locked. acute mountain sickness When we ascend above 2500 meters our bodies have to acclimatise to the decreasing amount of the oxygen available. To allow our bodies to adjust we have structured our treks so that you ascend slowly, allowing acclimatisation to occur. However, during the acclimatisation process, you may experience some of the following symptoms. Headache Tiredness Disturbed sleep Loss of appetite/nausea Shortness of breath Cough Palpitation Swelling of the hands and face Individuals acclimatise at different rates. Your best strategy is to take your time and drink plenty of water. These symptoms may not indicate the onset of A.M.S. and if you experience them it does not necessarily mean that you should not continue. All our group leaders have extensive first aid training and we urge you to communicate with the group leader at all times should you believe you have any symptoms in order that we can effectively monitor your symptoms. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. Please note that your group leader has ultimate responsibility and may ask you to descend if symptoms persist. porter initiatives Porter Welfare in Peru: The Andes Porters are an integral part of the World Expeditions philosophy and style of travel. We take our travellers off the beaten track, avoiding the congested trails, to experience our often remote tent based adventures this style of trekking is enabled by porters. When we trek, the entire group travellers, guides and porters alike are a team who share the same needs for safety in the mountain environment. Our Peruvian porters receive the following: *All porters receive the same access to medical service as clients. *We provide all food (3 meals per day based on a menu requested specifically by the porters), gas stoves for all cooking. *We are one of the 5 companies (among almost 200 companies) that pay the highest wages to their porters. *All our porters can also access interest free long term loans from us as long as they can clearly indicate how those funds will be used. *We provide all our porters with basic life and accident insurance. In addition we provide any porter (or any member of their family) full coverage of any medical costs that they incur whether it be work related or not e.g. if they have an accident in their fields or if they get any kind of illness we fund their treatment until they are well again. We are one of the only companies in Peru to care for their staff to this extent *We provide transport (private buses and train) to and from the trek start and finish World Expeditions Travel Group - Automated Import 11/30/ :07:49 AM

11 We provide sleeping tents, sleeping pads, (plus sleeping bags if requested), footwear (shoes or boots), warm jackets and raingear. Porters are not to carry more than 20 kilos camp gear and 5 kilos of personal gear The minimum age for a Porter is 20 and the maximum age is 58 years old. We have yearly meetings to discuss the needs of Porters. World Expeditions supports the good work of a number of international organisations that operate to ensure the health and education of porters, they are: International Porter Protection Group >> International Mountain Explorers Connection >> Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation Inc. >> vehicles & safety During the course of your trip, we will use a variety of vehicles, all which are fit for purpose and the conditions encountered. It should be noted that laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and on occasion some vehicles may not have seat belts fitted. While game viewing within a national park could be one example. Whilst we do not include animal rides on most of our trips, there are occasions where it may be possible to undertake them optionally and to do so is at your own risk. Note that helmets and professional riding equipment are not available in all circumstances. what s not included International flights and taxes Travel Insurance (compulsory) Single supplement meals not mentioned Any bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks airport transfers tips info nights Come and join us on one of our free Info Nights and learn more about your Charity Challenge. Whether your registered or still deciding whether to take the challenge you ll find this evenings informative and inspiring and are hosted by our most experienced and passionate travel experts and representatives from the relevant charity. Register at If no information night for your challenge then please contact nearest office to organise a personal session. how to book To register on this Open Challenge please complete the registration form and return to your nearest office: Australia Huma Charity Challenge Attention: Fiona Windon Post: Huma Charity Challenge, Level 5, 71 York Street, Sydney 2000 Web: UK, Europe & Africa Huma Charity Challenge Attention: Victoria Earl World Expeditions Travel Group - Automated Import 11/30/ :07:49 AM

12 Post: Huma Charity Challenge, 81 Craven Gardens, Wimbeldon, London SW19 8LU Web: Americas Huma Challenge Attention: Laura McCoy Post: Huma Challenge, 78 George Street, Ottawa (ON) K1N5W1 Web: Otherwise you can make your booking online by using the REGISTER NOW button found at the bottom of the relevant Open Challenge page on our website FAQs Q. Am i getting a free holiday A. No. Be ready to work hard to fundraise for a worthy cause, commit to a training schedule months out from your challenge to ensure you are physically fit for the adventure and step out of your comfort zone in order to earn this unique experience. Q. Am I suited to group travel? A. We recognise that many of our participants have not been on a group trip before. You can rest assured that our trips are flexible and allow you to do your thing within the framework of the itinerary. We do not attempt to instil a group ethos and fully recognise your needs as an individual. But you will be travelling with like-minded people that have also fundraised for a very worthy cause. Q. How fit do I have to be? A. Our adventures are first and foremost challenges but can be undertaken by anyone in a reasonable state of health and fitness. All our trips are graded, allowing you to evaluate if you are suited for the adventure challenge. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with our grading system, read the detailed trip notes and to speak with our expert staff on the physical requirements of your trip. Q. What level of comfort can I expect? A. On all our trekking adventures we camp in style and comfort, using the best equipment. All your gear is carried (except where specified) and meals are cooked for you while our staff set up camp. As you would expect we provide the same level of comfort on our cycling adventures. On our journeys our accompanying leader and staff take care of your day to day needs while you stay in local hotels and travel in comfortable private vehicles. Q. How safe is it? A. On all our trips your well-being is our first priority. Our staff constantly reviews every aspect of your adventure and our expert guides are fully conversant with the demands of travelling in remote regions. Q. Where do we stay? A. To capture the essence of your journey we have wherever possible selected accommodation with local character. In the cities our hotel rooms are on a twin share basis with private facilities. In remote localities you can expect simple, clean but more basic facilities. When in the field we provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two person tents, a mess tent and toilet tent World Expeditions Travel Group - Automated Import 11/30/ :07:49 AM

13 Q. What about environmental impact? A. We believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a sound working relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. We believe that you can also make a positive contribution and we urge you to familiarise yourself with our Responsible Tourism Guide before you depart. Every participant receives a copy of this booklet upon registering. Q. Can I organise my own group? A. You certainly can! We would love to custom-make an itinerary to suit your business, school, family club or special interest group. Choose your charity, adventure challenge and departure date and leave us to create a Charity Challenge just for you. Please visit our website under Types of Challenges to find out about our Corporate Challenges, School Challenges, Family Challenges and Private Challenges. Or contact your nearest Huma Charity Challenge office. Q. What about the food? A. We are fully aware of the healthy appetites that build up when trekking or cycling and provide tasty and varied meals with plenty of fresh ingredients. Our excellent cooks serve a sensible combination of dishes while at the same time ensuring high standards of hygiene. On all our trips your good health is our highest priority. We also cater for vegetarians. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements at time of booking. Q. What is included in my trip? A. It is our aim to ensure that we incorporate as many inclusions as possible in your trip to minimise any out of pocket expenses while you are away. It is important that you refer to our trips notes for the exact inclusions, as they do vary from challenge to challenge. Q. Are there any hidden extras or surcharges? A. We own most of the operations, which allow us to include all land transport, most meals, accommodation and much of the equipment you will need for your challenge. Consult your detailed trip notes to know if your international flight is included, if not, please contact your nearest Huma Charity Challenge office for preferential rates. Please note that generally the following items are not included - visas, passport, vaccinations, personal travel insurance, airport and departure taxes, tips and personal expenses. Q. What if the minimum number of participants is not met? A. Most of the adventure challenges require a minimum of 8 to 10 participants. If this amount is not reached, Huma Charity Challenge will consult with the charity and decide either to postpone the trip or to charge a small group surcharge if need be. Q. Who takes part in a Huma Charity Challenge? A. All of our challenges are available for anyone over the age of 18 yrs old up to 70 yrs old, unless otherwise decided by the charity. If the challenge allows participants under 18, they will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Q. Do I have the option of not fundraising? A. In some cases (it depends on your charity) you may be able to pay the full fundraising target. Q. How can I get more information? A. Once you have registered on the Challenge you will be sent a comprehensive confirmation kit that contains all the pre departure information and fundraising booklet. Of course please feel free to contact World Expeditions Travel Group - Automated Import 11/30/ :07:49 AM

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